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V&E, Bland Honored at 2019 Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards

Published: 05-08-2019

Vinson & Elkins and appellate partner Jane Bland received top honors at the 11th Annual Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards.

For the fourth time, V&E was named the Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Award recipient in the large firm category, while Bland received the President’s Award, in recognition of her efforts to promote equal access to justice.

The firm and Bland received the awards at a ceremony hosted by the Houston Bar Association (HBA) at the Harris County Civil Courthouse on May 8.

This year’s Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards recognize law firms, corporations and individual attorneys who made outstanding contributions to pro bono legal services in 2018. The Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards program was established to recognize outstanding pro bono service through local legal service providers and to encourage the provision of direct legal services to low-income Harris County residents. Each year a committee of judges and attorneys select the recipients in various categories.

Last year, lawyers in V&E’s Houston office donated more than 11,000 hours to pro bono matters, which ranged from immigration, family law and litigation to intellectual property and criminal defense cases. V&E attorneys also actively contributed to the firm’s Veteran’s Initiative, Guardianship Project and Virtual Legal Clinic pro bono programs.

V&E was previously honored with a Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Award in the large firm category in 2011, 2012 and 2016.

Bland, who joined V&E earlier this year following a 15-year career as a justice of the Texas First Court of Appeals, is the current chair-elect of Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL), the pro bono legal aid arm of the HBA. She has served on the organization’s board since 2009 and previously served as treasurer and chair of HVL’s personnel and planning committees.

Before taking the bench, Bland was an active volunteer with HVL, handling trial and appellate pro bono cases. She also chaired the HBA’s Campaign for the Homeless and the Eikenburg Law Week Run, among other committees.

As a member of the Texas Supreme Court’s Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services and its Rules Advisory Committee, Bland and her colleagues have led efforts to streamline the process for establishing indigency in Harris County, to update rules for limited scope representation and proof of inability to pay court costs and to promote pro bono volunteerism among lawyers and the availability of legal services to those in need.

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